Man eating apple with healthy teethSeptember marks the beginning of many things – the fall season is just around the corner, and many kids are heading back to school to start another academic year of learning. It is fitting, then, that September 17 is International Eat an Apple Day. Not only do apples make great presents for teachers, but they have a number of benefits for your tooth and gum health as well.



The Dental Benefits



  • Healthier Gums: Apples contain Vitamin C, which you may remember as being important for your immune system. One apple has about 15 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. Healthy amounts of vitamin C help protect your gums against gum disease, including bleeding, swelling, and infection.
  • Cleaner Teeth: Do you peel the skin off your apples? No need to do that! Eating an apple with its skin on actually helps to scrub your teeth, and it can even help remove plaque buildup between your teeth.
  • Stronger Bones: Apples also happen to contain a good amount of potassium, which is necessary for bolstering the density of bone mineral. Because your teeth happen to be made of this material, eating an apple can help make them stronger.



Cleaner Teeth and Gums Means a Healthier You



Getting plenty of healthy vitamins and keeping your teeth and gums cleaner also help to make you healthier overall. Research appears to point to a link between dental health and risk factors for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Keeping your teeth and gums cleaner by eating apples could help in lowering your risks for these issues, as well as improve the regulation of your blood sugars and lower your cholesterol.



Eat an Apple and Visit Your Dentist



You can celebrate International Eat an Apple Day by biting into one of your favorite apple varieties, but you do not have to wait for that crispy goodness. Try eating an apple today and scheduling a checkup with your dentist in Saratoga Springs, NY. Contact Springs Dental to reserve your appointment with Dr. Lis today.